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Critics Corner

Reviews of books, websites, poster sets, movies, and other resources for learning and teaching the history of mathematics.

Images from Johann Baptist Roppelt’s 1772 Geometria and 1777 Introdvctio in mathesin.
Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel, by John Stillwell. 440 pp.
Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History, Annette Imhausen, 2016. 248 pp.
Review of the book Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, by Joseph Mazur
Seventeenth century proponents of the elusive infinitesimal clashed with Clavius and the Catholic Church.
A collection of problems that should be of interest to teachers at all levels. Frank Swetz shares this observation at the close of his book, Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems across the Ages.
Our reviewer finds this collection of translations of Babylonian mathematical tablets to be both fascinating and accessible.
A collection of articles on mathematics in Europe from the twelfth to the fifteenth century.
A collection of 24 mini-posters, each containing a quotation about mathematics.
A biography of the 18th century author of an early calculus text, with some translations from the text.